Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s


Mass of the Anointing
of the Sick

On Saturday morning, October 10th, St. Peter the Apostle Parish will celebrate a communal Anointing of the Sick during Mass at 11:00 a.m.

We particularly invite you as a member of the St. Peter’s parish family to consider participating and receiving the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

This sacrament may be received more than once and is for any person who has become ill and is in danger of subsequent sickness.  We especially encourage the elderly to be candidates, but anyone facing major surgery, a serious illness, or anyone who has been afflicted for a long time is invited to receive the sacrament.

Lunch will be served in the Parish Center immediately following the Mass.

To help us prepare, please fill out the quick online RSVP form to let us know you’re coming.

To help us prepare, please click below to RSVP:



St. Martin’s Kitchen
Help Wanted

Saturday, October 10:  All who wish to participate are invited to join us. We will assemble in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and return to River Edge by 2:30 p.m. In order to ensure that we will have enough volunteers, we would ask that all who intend to go call Ed Bowen at 201-599-3112. Your generous response is appreciated.



Jesse Manibusan

The Faith Formation office is hosting Jesse Manibusan for a concert on Saturday evening, October 17, 2015.  Jesse is  a Catholic lay evangelist who uses music, comedy and stories to connect with people. He is very much in demand around the country as a motivational speaker. Jesse’s uplifting message touches all generations. They would like to invite the  entire parish. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is requested.

If you would like to attend please click on the RSVP Tab to let us know how many will be attending.

Please use the form below to RSVP. You can pay at the door. Thank you!


Youth Ministry:
Upcoming Events

We’re excited about some of the discussions and trips we have coming up and hope you will consider joining us! Here’s what’s coming up:

Saturday, October 10th: Trip to Catholic Underground NYC, an event on the Upper East Side featuring Eucharistic Adoration and live music. More info at: We will depart from St. Peters at 4:30 PM celebrate mass at Our Lady of Good Council in NYC, grab some pizza, and then head back to OLGC for Catholic Underground. Approximate return time is 11-11:30 PM. All are welcome to join this great experience.

Sunday, October 18th: Youth Group meeting, a discussion on drinking

Sunday, October 25th: YES mass at 11am; and Youth Ministry Halloween Trip!


The weekend of Saturday, April 30th – Sunday, May 1st will be our second annual Journey Retreat! Keep this weekend open for a great experience with great friends.

As always, we hope you drop by and see us! We are open for all high-school aged teenagers and meet (almost) every Sunday from 7pm – 9pm in the Youth Room, just past the Parish Center. Hope to see you soon!

Nick & Elizabeth




Support Group for Parents
Grieving the Death of a Child

Third Monday of each month 
Next meeting: October 19
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Rectory
No preregistration and no fee


Fair Trade Work of
Human Hands Sale

The annual Work of Human Hands sale will be held the weekend of Oct 31-Nov 1 after all the masses. Fair Trade sales benefit artisans and crafters from over 30 countries to lift themselves out of poverty and improve their lives. All proceeds go directly to the artisans.

The sale will include an assortment of Fair Trade beautifully hand crafted items/products from around the world. Supporting this sale is a way to put Pope Francis’s challenge to us all “to help the poor” into practice.

Please come do your Christmas shopping early and support this worthy cause. Hosted by Women’s Cornerstone Team XVII and XVIII.


Respect Life Committee:
40 Days for Life

This fall, from September 23rd through November 1st, hundreds of thousands of people in over 500 cities will be participating in 40 DAYS FOR LIFE across America.

Click here for informational flyer



Holiday Schedule:
Columbus Day

Monday, October 12
Columbus Day
One Mass Only –  9:00  AM
Rectory: Closed


Catholic Relief Services
Fair Trade Sales

CRS/Fair Trade Sale of Coffee,
Tea and Chocolate will be held
the weekend of October 17/18
after all Masses in the Slipe Center


Revitalizing Your Parish with
Small Christian Communities

Revitalizing your Parish with
Small Christian Communities!

Sister Donna L. Ciangio, OP
Saturday, October 17, 2015
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Parish Center

This workshop will help reinvigorate your Small Christian Community experience and further enhance your parish and ministry life. If you wish to expand your vision of SCC’s and Christianity, please make every effort to come.  There is no fee for this event, but you will need to RSVP so we can prepare.

Click here for more workshop information

Sr. Ciangio Bio


Rosary Society
Annual Living Rosary

Annual Living Rosary
Wednesday, October 21
7:30 p.m. in the Church

Please arrive a few minutes early so we can start on time.  This is a beautiful prayer experience and open to all.  Mark your calendars and join us. 





MOMS Group
Activities Planned



Come join the MOMS group on a trip to see Disney on Ice – 100 years of Magic at the Prudential Center November 19th at 10:30 a.m. Ticket prices are $20 per person, 2 years and under are free but must sit on the lap of an adult. Payment is due by October 19th. Please contact Megan Tankard  at 201-956-8920 or for more information.


JustFaith Ministries
Stamp Out Despair


Almost within sight of the Statue of Liberty, there are over 2000 undocumented immigrants languishing in “detention” in Elizabeth and in our county jails, including the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack.  Because they have no rights of due process, they are isolated and confined for indeterminate periods of time with severely restricted access to the outside world. Pope Francis has urged us to see immigrants not as numbers but as fellow human beings with faces and feelings like our own.

A major concern for these detainees is to have contact with family and friends. For many of them, such access is denied simply because they have no money to purchase stationery, stamped envelope or phone cards.

To assist  these detainees, JustFaith Ministries will be collecting the following items in the Gathering Space the weekend of October 24-25:

• First Class Forever postal stamps  (a dire need) • New large and small (#8 & #10) envelopes • Phone cards for detainees -$28.75 each (check to First Friends) • Monetary donations • Lined 8 1/2 X 11 lined paper • New blank two-pocket folders

Won’t you please help? Thank you.


2015 Pilgrim
Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2015.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.


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Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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St. Peter’s Quilters
Weekly on Tuesdays (Sept.-Nov.)
1:00-3:00 PM – Parish Center

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM – School Meeting Room

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays (except 10/15)
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)


St. Peter Academy News

Gift Basket Donations Needed

St. Peter Academy Tricky Tray Gift Basket Donations Needed

St. Peter Academy is hosting its 2nd Annual Tricky Tray Raffle and Dinner on February 4, 2016. We are looking for tax deductible prize donations of gifts, services, gift cards, etc. which can be dropped off at the school or picked up at your home. We will happily promote your business! We are also in need of baskets, picture frames, ribbon and tape to make the prize baskets. Your consideration is greatly appreciated as we try to make this year’s event another great success for the school. A gift of $50 or greater will earn you a Grand Prize raffle ticket to be used at the Tricky Tray. Please contact Kristen Kajiwara at 414-702-5282 or at for more information. Thank you!


Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


Outside St. Peter’s

Catholic H.S. Open Houses

Don Bosco Prep
Sunday, November 1:   1:00-3:00 PM
492 N. Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, NJ 07446
201-327-8003 ext. 174
Register at under “Admissions”

Immaculate Heart Academy
Sunday, Oct. 18: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Smaller Event: Oct. 29 at 6:30 PM
500 Van Emburgh Ave., Twp. of Washington, NJ
Online preregistration:

Academy of the Holy Angels
Monday, November 2:   6:30-8:30 PM
315 Hillside Avenue, Demarest, New Jersey
(201) 768-7161
Register at

Immaculate Conception High School
Saturday, October 24:   1:00 PM
33 Cottage Place – Montclair
973-744-7445, ext. 24 •

St. Mary High School
Tuesday, October 27:   7:00-9:00 PM
64 Chestnut St., Rutherford, NJ 07070
201-933-5220 •


Oct. 14: Bergen Goes to Broadway

Our Bergen Goes to Broadway series will kick off the season on Wednesday, October 14th with an evening performance of the much-anticipated Broadway opening of On Your Feet (The story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan). We will have a fantastic dinner at Tony DiNapoli`s  and transportation to and from Bergen is included in the $110.00 cost of trip. Tickets are limited and are open to the entire Bergen Catholic community Bus will leave Bergen at 3:45.. Checks should be made out to Bergen Catholic and sent to the attention of Barbara Peraino. Don`t miss out on this fabulous opportunity and if you have any questions please email

Oct. 16-18: Retreat: Serious Illness

A Retreat for those facing serious illness

Gennesaret, a retreat designed to provide a spiritual and temporal oasis for men and women suffering with a life changing illness, will be held the weekend of October 16-17-18, 2015 at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center, located in Kearny, NJ

The retreat will begin Friday at 1:30PM and end with a closing Prayer Service, Sunday at 1:30PM. There is no cost to you for the retreat.

For further information, please contact:

Hilare Reinold:                   732-566-7237
Peggy Walsh:                    908-499—7677
Maire Merritt:                   732-670-5980
Linda Capobianco:           732-608-7277

Oct. 17: Special Noon Mass

A special mass and support group meeting for all who are affected by the disease of alcoholism will take place at Church of St. Mary, 20 Legion Place, Closter, NJ on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 12:00 noon.
Mass is offered for the support, healing and recovery of not only the man/woman directly infected with the abuse of alcohol or drugs, but also for anyone involved in the life of the alcoholic or drug addict.  For information please call 201-768-7565.

Oct. 24: Praying with St. Teresa of Avila

The Benedictine Center at St. Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ, invites you to a retreat day,  Praying with Saint Teresa of Avila, Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Cost: $15; bring your own lunch. To register contact: Sr. Marita at 908-353-3028 or or Sr. Lucy Hernández, OSB al 908-352-4278 X 113.

Oct 23-25: Vocation Discernment Retreat

Is God seeking you to journey with Him in a religious community?  Come listen to His call at a Vocation Discernment Retreat with the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, NJ.  October 23-25, 2015.  For info contact Sr. Mariette at 908-352-4278 x274 or

Nov. 1: Annual Sr. Sisters' Sale

Annual Senior Sisters’ Sale to Benefit Religious Teachers Filippini
Villa Walsh, Mother Ninetta Hall,
455 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ
Sunday, November 1, 2015  12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM
Villa Walsh will host their annual Christmas Boutique Extravaganza on Nov. 1st featuring unique gifts, crafts, plus a 50/50, Money Raffle, baked goods, and much more.
There’s also a Food Court for nourishment while you shop. Come and enjoy their pizza frittas made right on the premises as well as luncheon packages of homemade Italian sandwiches and desserts. You won’t be able to resist their home baked pies, cookies, and Italian pizzelles along with their traditional pangiallo.  Please come and show your support for the retired teachers and Senior Sisters housed in the infirmary.

Nov. 9-18: Catholic Holy Land Pilgrimage

November 9–18, 2015. Daily Mass at the Holy Sights. Visit Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and more! Includes 3 Meals Daily. Air from Newark. $3,399.00. For a flyer or for more information, call Cathie or Mike Milano at 1-800-773-2660.

Dec. 5-12: Catholic Caribbean Cruise

Come and sail away on a 7-night Catholic Caribbean Cruise with Father Vicente Jazmines  December 5-12, 2015 on Holland America.Westerdam out of Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida–  Ports of Call:  Grand Turk Island • San Juan, Puerto Rico • Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. • Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Cruiseline Private Island).  Prices begin at $1269 for two passengers this includes all port fees and taxes.  Daily Mass offered.  Deposits of only $350 per person will reserve your cabin. Space is limited. For further info or to register, contact Doug or Eileen at 860-399-1785 or

July '16: Catholic Cruise Alaskan Explorer

Catholic Cruise Alaskan Explorer with Glacier Bay

Come and sail away on a 7 Night  Alaskan Explorer with Glacier Bay Cruise with Fr. William Gold   July 23rd – July 30th, 2016  on Holland America’s Westerdam out of Seattle, Washington–  Ports of Call:  Juneau, Alaska • Cruise Glacier Bay National Park • Sitka, Alaska • Ketchikan, Alaska • Victoria, British Columbia.  Prices begin at $2677 for two passengers which includes all port fees and taxes.  Daily Mass offered.  Deposits of only $350 per person will reserve your cabin. Space is limited. For further info or to register, contact Doug or Eileen at 860-399-1785/

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients.

If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact:

Rev. David Armstrong
Director, Pastoral Care
Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601


Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care.  Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.
Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends.  Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals.
For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Senior Residence